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Volkswagen New Beetle, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Passat, Diesel, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
Aug 06, 2005 (4:58 am)
I'm wondering if anyone has encountered this bizarre problem. I had a passanger in my 2002 VW Golf TDI that was holding a pet crate on his lap and the airbag light went on. I figured that there must be a sensor of some sort that monitors the space in front of the airbag. The problem is that now the light comes on everytime I start my car and doesn't go off. I haven't found anything in my car manual indicating any kind of sensor but I thought I'd try messages boards to see if anyone knows anything about it.
#1780 of 2551 Re: Airbag problems? [thebigbanana]
Aug 07, 2005 (4:21 pm)
hi Annie/bigbanana. i don't think there is any such sensor such as that which you surmise. i do believe there is a weight sensor in the seat however. having federally mandated electronics to make a life or death decision is a dicey thing, as we've seen by the hundreds of child & other fatalities directly caused by airbags.
given the symptoms you describe, i think your airbag system has had a failure independent of your passenger with the pet crate. possibly an autozone trouble-code reader could read the error code, but for an airbag failure i think a visit to a vw dealer is well advised, or some other expert vw mechanics! cheers...
#1781 of 2551 Changing Oil on a 04 TDI Jetta
Aug 10, 2005 (1:45 pm)
New to this forum. I am unable to find a useful manual for my 2004 TDI Jetta so I was wondering if one of you could give me some details on performing and oil change for this, essentially where the filter is, etc... for this car. My old Honda manuals were great for this but the VW ones remind me of Microsoft manuals. By the way, we have about 11k miles split evenly between highway and town and average about 44MPG.
#1782 of 2551 Re: Changing Oil on a 04 TDI Jetta [xrayjetta]
Aug 10, 2005 (4:21 pm)
You will find that VW is a refreshing change from a Honda. The Hondas are not designed to be maintined very easilly while VWs are DESIGNED with maintaince in mind. Everything is wtihin easy reach under the hood after the engine-cover is removed.
In fact, the entire oil-change can be done from under the hood without even getting under the vehicle. Many folks with TDIs use an oil-change-sucker to pull the oil from the engine thru the dipstick-tube.
Dont forget that your 2004 TDI requires very special oil. Anything less than the specified oil can ruin the camshaft lobes.
#1783 of 2551 Re: Changing Oil on a 04 TDI Jetta [xrayjetta]
Aug 11, 2005 (2:03 pm)
Buy a manual on EBAY. 4 available.
#1784 of 2551 What now? - CEL says "Glow Plug / Heater" fault
Aug 15, 2005 (11:17 am)
My CEL came on after a 1000 mile drive from IL to WY (straight through). The next morning, the glow plug light stayed on for a long time until I finally went ahead and started the car (it started and ran fine all the way back to IL, too). I took the car to my local parts place today and their ODBC scanner indicated a "Glow Plug / Heater" fault. The tech seemed to think it might be the glow plug relay that was bad.
Before I bought a new one, I decided to do some searching and reading here. Seems like this could be a problem with bad glow plugs, relay, wiring connections or possibly heartbreak of psoriasis...
I'm more confused now than before. Anyone have any suggestions on what that fault code really means?
Aug 15, 2005 (1:32 pm)
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#1786 of 2551 A/C Damaged, Normal Driving
Aug 15, 2005 (5:18 pm)
I am the owner of a 2004 Golf TDI. I would like to get the opinion of your members. I love the car but something caused a pin hole in the A/C condenser the other day while driving on US 281, in San Antonio. My thinking is if something very small can cause this problem during normal driving, then there is a design issue.
I was told I would have to pay for the repair by Rod East VW. I also inquired to VW of America. I was told although rare this has happened before but VW will not help me pay the $854.00 repair bill to replace the condenser. My car is still under warranty.
The Beetles have a protective grill but the Golf does not. Does VW care more about Beetle owners than Golf owners?
I was also told by Rod East, that I could have chosen to install my own custom grill on my new car....ridiculous!
Thank you for any help in resolving this issue. VW of America will not consider covering this under warranty or even to reduce the huge cost.
Please help put me in touch with someone that will get the attention of VW customer service
#1787 of 2551 Re: A/C Damaged, Normal Driving [hotgolf]
Aug 15, 2005 (5:58 pm)
hey there hotgolf. i wouldn't necessarily assume there is a design flaw here, but i am not familiar with the protective grill on beetles. i had a 2003 jetta TDI - i wonder if that had a protective grille over the AC condensor.
anyway, feces happens, that's what i'm sayin. stuff like this:
i bought my GTO on a friday at 6pm and it got rearended monday at 9AM.
my passat TDI got a nasty windshield chip during the first week - just below the primary "line of sight" , and 2 days ago i discovered the outer glass of the right fog light had also gotten smashed. i wouldn't care, since i think fog lights are useless. but it's dangerous - it would cut a kids hand if a kid touched it - so i've gotta get it fixed. and this car has only seen a few months of spring/summer driving. in winter it will be worse - some of the local towns put down really coarse sand on the roads - including lots of little pebbles. anyway, enough about my cars.
you might not know that the situation you describe would be covered by your auto insurance policy in most cases. probably the collision portion of your policy, but who knows, maybe it would go under "comprehensive". not sure. so what sort of deductible do you have - and can you find out what is the likelihood that your rates will get bumped if you file a claim for this? my preference is to have a big deductible and to avoid making 'smaller' claims. i understand that making multiple small claims is a sure way to get the insurance company to raise rates. but for just one small claim i bet they wouldn't raise rates.
#1788 of 2551 Re: A/C Damaged, Normal Driving [elias]
Aug 16, 2005 (6:14 pm)
I have my 05 Passat TDI for 3 months now and have a cracked windshield. I guess a small rock hit just below the driver's side windshield wiper and now I have a fault line which came up and now goes straight across. I have owned many cars in my time and have driven all over the NY tristate area but this has never happened til now.